One of the hottest interior design trends of the year is Bohemian Style or ‘boho chic’. It is characterised by an eclectic mix of colours and patterns effortlessly thrown together to produce a unique and relaxed result. Boho works in all interior spaces – living rooms, bedrooms, even bathrooms and kitchens.
Actually, boho is nothing new; in fact by rights it should be old hat. As an interiors style, it’s been around since the late 1960s, was big in the 1970s as part of the hippie movement and actually takes its cue from a diverse range of eras and cultures. But it is precisely the fact that you can mix and match unique pieces and treasured finds with irreverence and to your heart’s content that makes it possible to create something beautiful, vibrant and magical that always looks different and fresh.
Boho kitchens are undoubtedly the heart of the home. They exude a warm and relaxed vibe where no meal is hurried, yet constitute a practical hands-on environment where the process of cooking and preparing wholesome food seems like the most natural thing in the world.
Below are a few Bohemian Style kitchen design inspirations to help you get into the zone. Soon you’ll be surrounding yourself with your own favourite decorative items, creating a unique boho chic kitchen that reflects your personality and style.
Choose happy, natural colours
A boho chic kitchen is unlikely to be colour coordinated in any preconceived way. On the contrary, it’s the almost haphazard jumble of happy, nature inspired colours and glorious patterns that produce an individual result which is care-free artistic and calming.
There are endless ways that you can inject colour into your kitchen. Start with a plain white wall and add vibrantly patterned dinner plates or brightly coloured, mismatched furniture. Or paint a bold feature wall and add open shelving that serves as a display area for your beloved heirlooms or junk shop finds, and add a vintage table to complete the whimsical look.
Boho even works on a neutral, natural colour palette, where the interplay of different textures and shades can produce an almost meditative ambience.
Embrace Mother Nature
Don’t underestimate the power of fresh produce as a design statement. A pretty fruit bowl on the worktop or seasonal veg stored in open crates or baskets can look decorative and give your kitchen a lived-in boho feel, as well as being practical to have everything close to hand for cooking.
Don’t be afraid of vibrant patterns
Boho chic couldn’t be further removed from the sleek minimalist look of contemporary white gloss kitchens that have been a major interiors trend for many years now. Patterns and colours, often riotous and clashing, are a big feature of boho inspired interiors.
In the kitchen, this can mean patterned tiles on walls and floors including Mediterranean ceramics or Victorian encaustic tiles, as well as colourful splashbacks, decorative china and glassware. Look for handmade, artisan items with unique patterns that would look great on display, and have plenty of open shelving available to showcase your treasured possessions. If you like, complete the look with patterned tablecloths and an ornate Persian rug on the floor!
Leave room for natural chaos
Things don’t have to be lined up perfectly, they’re allowed to be messy. Whether you stack plates or layer materials, or display unusual items in unusual places, be creative and fill the room with your treasured possessions without worrying if anything matches. Finally, why not top it all off with a statement chandelier?
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